Basics of Navigation, a hands-on class taught by certified USCG Auxiliary Instructors and licensed USCG Captains, will be presented March 16.  

The class will introduce you to chart reading, chart plotting and aids to navigation.  This full-day, information-packed session gives the new (and not-so-new) boater the skills to: 1) know where you are; and 2) chart where you want to go. You also will learn about the various types of Aids to Navigation that guide you on the water. You may bring your own plotting tools or we will supply them for class purposes.

The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Harbour Community Center, Fairfield Harbour Firehouse, 589 Broad Creek Road, New Bern Area.  A fee of $35 covers instruction as well as the Boating Skills and Seamanship Manual, an excellent reference for new boaters. Additional family members or guests using the same text and chart pay only $5.

To register or if you have additional questions, email Commander Mike Ott at or call (252) 2884856; or visit here.  Be sure to include your name, names of family members/guests who may also be interested, and your telephone number.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. Go here to learn more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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  1. Enjoyed reading about our local Coast Guard. They teach a lot of interesting courses.

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